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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors are generally relatable and make you feel comfortable in their classrooms and office hours.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am neutral about this topic. No program or group stands out.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are not many active groups on campus that I have been aware of. There are the blue light stations for when you feel unsafe and want someone to pick you up, but other than that, you are on your own.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I had a very good dorm experience- my roommate was a perfect match for me and the other residents were close.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being in my own fraternity, I see Greek life as something that may or may not work for people. Greek housing is available for most members, but you must apply to live there.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not into sports because I am in the band. School spirit is a large part of people choosing JMU.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The band has been a great way to get into different groups.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school and i wouldn't want to go anywhere else.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They really work hard to make sure you are ready to graduate and get a job in the real world.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Walking through campus isn't that scary as long as you're with someone else.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love my hall and my building is great. I was very happy with where i was placed.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I do not understand Greek life, but some girls seem to love it so thats good.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The football games are so fun, and a lot of people also attend other sporting events. There is a big sense of pride for your school.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone around the school, whether it is professors, students, or workers, are always willing to help you. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have been fortunate to have professors who care about your learning and academic achievement.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The rate of getting a job after graduating is pretty high.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking around.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in Shenandoah dorm, so the housing is better than other colleges.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: More people need to attend football games.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My overall favorite experience is holding the door open for those behind me and having the door held in return. It creates a friendly atmosphere.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: JMU is a huge party school. You can feel it just walking around sometimes, random students will walk by discussing what happened last night, people play music everywhere, you can hear it banging out of people dorms even if you're not in the building, people play music walking by, blast it from cars, the party atmosphere truly is everywhere on the weekends. Underage people and overage people have the same ability to party, lots of parties are open and anyone can come in, although guys should note that it is useful to have some girls in your group. Freshmen can't have a car on campus, but most parties are in walk-able distance and there's buses and safe rides back to campus when you're done. House parties almost completely replace the bar/club scene here but the house parties are very fun so you probably won't be complaining too much.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties at JMU are very fun. There are ordinary parties, paint parties, glow parties, and rave parties. There are medium sized apartment parties, lowkey get togethers, and wild pool parties and ragers at the frat houses. Medium to large parties will have a bar to serve alcohol from and a dance floor where people grind on each another. Most of the medium sized parties happen in forest hill, copper, and manor. The largest parties are held at the frat houses and can get really big, some as large as 500-600 people. In certain apartment complexes, you can often look down the street and see multiple parties going on. I'd definitely say the party scene adds to the student experience, partying is part of the college experience and I personally think people who don't do it at all are missing out, but that's just my opinion.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Political beliefs are very diverse. You'll find libertarians, liberals, and conservatives here and people feel pretty comfortable expressing their views. Political correctness is not popular here at all and I wouldn't suggest someone come here if they can't handle opposing opinions or are uncomfortable with free speech. Ethnic diversity is notoriously low at JMU. Its clear looking around that the vast majority of students are white. This is not a problem for minorities, discrimination is not tolerated here, but white people are clearly the vast majority of students.

People's religion is typically either Christian or non-religious. You can definitely find other religions but those are the vast majority.

People who identify as LGBT are very accepted here and shouldn't have any problem with discrimination. I've seen gay men making out and hitting on each other at frat parties with no complaints from anyone. It fits in with JMU's overall live and let live attitude.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a wide range of courses offered here. We're a liberal arts college that specializes in teaching and business, but you can find a good major in whatever field of study you're interested in. The professors here tend to be a little eccentric, which I personally enjoy because they make classes interesting and keep students engaged. Class sizes here really vary a lot, in your freshman year there's going to be a lot of really big classes of around 100-200 students. Once you get more specialized though you'll find that the class sizes get much smaller. I'd say coming here, you're going to experience just about every class size you can imagine. Every professor here has a different teaching style and way to complete the course so I wouldn't say there's any uniform class style.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: JMU is an extremely safe campus, the campus has its own police force and they've installed blue lights everywhere if someone feels unsafe at any time. I've been off-campus several times and haven't ever felt unsafe, even walking alone I didn't feel unsafe. I've accidentally left valuable objects just lying around and they didn't get stolen. A friend of mine accidentally left money out for anybody to take for days and nobody took it. The only exception to the rule of safety is that JMU has a big drinking culture which means some people unfortunately end up getting hospitalized each year. If you are in trouble though, most students here will take care of you. I've known a few people who got blackout drunk and in all of their cases, several students rushed to help take care of them. I have never seen a student passed out and with nobody trying to help them.

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JMU offers a strong community, with students displaying an overwhelming amount of pride. You'll find you will love this school simply because every other student carries that same love. This sense of spirit is infectious. Harrisonburg has been named the "friendly city" by students, faculty, parents, and townfolk, and it’s no surprise why. Each year offers unique experiences that keep you coming back for more. JMU might not be charmed with the best football team in college history, but with the overwhelming amount of pride and zeal displayed at each game, it seems the perfect team for a enthusiastic school.

One pitfall might be the lack of nearby attractions or activities to enjoy on a weekend night. This can result in a many people resorting to parties as their means of entertainment. While Harrisonburg is by no means urbanized, you'll find some of your best memories on the nights you spend with your peers. Whichever friend group you click into, you'll find a little piece of yourself on this campus.

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